After months of deliberating the NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for sending former NY Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger inappropriate text messages. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell determined there was not sufficient enough evidence to determine if Favre violated the league’s player conduct policy, but instead fined Favre for failure to cooperate with the NFL’s investigation.
Sterger has threatened to press legal charges if the league did not take action. Under New Jersey law, Sterger cannot file sexual harassment charges because New Jersey statue of limitations only gives a person a two-year window. Sterger had until December 28, ironically one day before Goodell made his announcement.
In the NFL’s official statement:
The NFL office conducted an investigation to determine whether Brett Favre’s interaction with New York Jets game-day employee Jenn Sterger in 2008 violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
In reviewing the matter, the sole focus was on whether there was a violation of league policies regarding conduct in the workplace. NFL policies do not extend to private conduct or make judgments about the appropriateness of personal relationships, except where that conduct or those relationships raise issues under the law or league policies.
The investigation included an analysis of publicly available reports; a series of interviews with knowledgeable individuals, including Sterger and Favre; a review of communications between the two furnished to our office; and independent forensic analysis of electronically stored material. The investigation was limited in several respects because the conduct occurred in 2008 but was not brought to our attention until this fall. As a result, certain records and individuals were unavailable to the NFL.
The announcement comes three months after the league first announced it was investigating and during the final week of the regular season. The league has been criticized for its slow decision making, but you know how reliable cell phone service is…
UPDATE: Jenn Sterger and her lawyers released a statment saying they were disappointed but not surprised at the NFL’s ruling.
Jenn Sterger only has until the end of the day to file sexual harassments charges against Brett Favre. According to New Jersey statue of limitations, a person only has a two-year window to file a sexual harassment charges against a former employee. The last game Favre played in a NY Jets uniform was December 28, 2008. Sterger has accused Favre of sending inappropriate sext messages when she was a former Jets sideline reporter
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not made his ruling on whether or not Favre violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Sterger has threatened legal action if Goodell does not punish Favre. Time’s also running out to vote for Sterger for Jersey Chaser of the Year!
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he will make his decision on the Brett Fave sexual harassment case by the season’s end. Jenn Sterger, the former NY Jets sideline reporter who Favre is accused of sending naked pictures to, said she wants to see Favre suspended or she will pursue litigation.
During an interview with NBC’s Football Night in America, Goodell said he expected a decision by the season’s end. “I want to make sure we do what’s right,” Goodell said. “We take this issue very seriously.”
All signs point to that this is Favre’s last season. During last week’s Minnesota Vikings-NY Giants game, Favre missed his first game since 1992. Is stalling the decision Goodell’s way of avoiding suspending Favre and tarnishing the end of his career ?
After starting 297 consecutive games, Brett Favre’s streak as a starting quaterback is over. It has been the longest streak in NFL history. Last week, Favre sprained the SC joint in his right shoulder in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Instead, Vikings backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will get the start. Favre had an extra day to rest, after the Minnesota Vikings- NY Giants game was postponed after the Metrodone collapsed due to snow. The game will be played tonight at Detroit’s Ford Field. Although Favre made the trip to Detroit, he is list as inactive for the matchup. The last time Brett Favre did not start an NFL football game was in 1992. The legendary quarterback in the midst of a text message scandal was drafted in 1991. Be careful Jenn… Favre is going to have some extra time on his hands!